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Amnesty handed to 10,000 small boats migrants


Nearly 10,000 small-boat migrants who reached England in the past four months have been handed an 'amnesty' from the Government's so called tough new immigration measures.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman had previously said any migrants who arrived since March by 'irregular' routes – such as on dinghies across the Channel – would be barred from making asylum claims.

But in a major concession to get the Government's Illegal Migration Bill through Parliament, it will now apply only to migrants who reach the UK after the legislation gains Royal Assent.

Official figures show 9,622 migrants arrived on small boats between March 7 and Sunday.

The Home Secretary's concession means they will now be able to claim asylum under existing rules – meaning many are likely to stay in Britain indefinitely.

The Home Office confirmed that 269 migrants reached Britain across the Channel on Sunday, bringing the total so far this year to 12,772, compared with 13,286 at the same point last year.